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Eyemouth Herring Queen tradition lives on

Crown is passed from last year's queen to Ailsa Landels
Crown is passed from last year's queen to Ailsa Landels Credit: ITV Border

Thousands gathered in Berwickshire to celebrate the crowning of the 70th Eyemouth Herring Queen.

This year's queen Ailsa Landels was crowned on Saturday 26 July by last year's queen Devon McNab.

Jean Rosie, Anne Rosie and Margaret Collin
Family of Herring Queens: Jean Rosie, Anne Rosie and Margaret Collin Credit: ITV Border

The first crowning took place in 1939 but they didn't have another until after the Second World War, when Anne Rosie, who is the oldest surviving queen, was crowned in 1946.

Anne's sister Jean was crowned in 1956 and her daughter Margaret Collin became Eyemouth Queen in 1969.

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Eyemouth crowns a new Herring Queen

Thousands came out to cheer the new Queen
Thousands came out to cheer the new Queen Credit: ITV Border

Thousands of people lined the harbour walls in Eyemouth yesterday to welcome their new Queen.

The Eyemouth Herring Queen Festival is an annual event to celebrate the town's fishing history.

Each year town crown one local girl as their Queen, to represent them at events acround the area.

Thousands welcome the new Herring Queen

Thousands lined Eyemouth Harbour to welcome their new Queen
Thousands lined Eyemouth Harbour to welcome their new Queen Credit: ITV Border

Thousands of people turned out in force to celebrate the coronation of Eyemouth's new Herring Queen.

The event, which took place yesterday Saturday 26 July, is the crowing glory of the annual Herring Queen Festival.

Past Queens turned out to help with the celebrations
Past Queens turned out to help with the celebrations Credit: ITV Border

This year's celebrations were particularly special as it is the 70th anniversary of the festival.

To mark the occasion, every former Herring Queen was invited to the celebration.

59 attended, including Anne Rosie, the oldest surviving Queen.

Ailsa Landels was crowned by the 2013 Queen Devon McNab
Ailsa Landels was crowned by the 2013 Queen Devon McNab Credit: ITV Border

This year's Queen is Ailsa Landels, a third year pupil from Eyemouth High School.

She will now represent the town at events across the area.

Couple racially assaulted in Eyemouth

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses after a couple were racially assaulted in Eyemouth.

The incident happened at 11pm on Tuesday, 22 July outside the Kurdi Grill takeaway and a 24-year-old man received 'serious' facial injuries.

Police say the Pakistani man and his Latvian wife were walking their dog in Market Place when they were approached by an unknown suspect..

The man was taken to Borders General Hospital for treatment.

"We are treating this serious assault as a racially aggravated attack.

"We will not tolerate any form of hate crime and anyone found to be involved in crimes of this nature can expect to be dealt with by Police Scotland."

– Inspector John Scott, Police Scotland

Anyone with any information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Missing Matthew Seui found

Matthew had last been seen boarding a train Credit: Police Scotland

Matthew Seui, who went missing from Eyemouth has been found safe and well.

Matthew Seui from Stebbings Rise, who had last been seen at Berwick Upon Tweed railway station on Friday, 25 April, was located today in Leicestershire.

Officers would like to thanks those who helped in the search for Matthew.

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Smugglers Coast secures funding

Eyemouth is to receive £118,000 from the Government's Coastal Communities Fund. It will be used to set up a smugglers coastal trail, based on historic stories from the area.

We're planning to develop the Smugglers' Coast trail, linked to the Berwickshire Coastal Path, with interpretation panels and information in phone apps. We will also add to the exhibitions at Gunsgreen House, which was the home of John Nisbet, far and away the biggest smuggler in Berwickshire."**

– Derek Janes, Honorary Curator at Gunsgreen House

Match funding for the Smugglers Trail has been granted from Axis 4 of European Fisheries Fund which is co-financed by Scottish Borders Council**.

A key element of our economic strategy is to develop the tourism sector in the Scottish Borders. I welcome this project which will increase the range of activities available to visitors to the coast, providing them with more to see and do, and encouraging them to stay longer."**

– Cllr Stuart Bell, Scottish Borders Council

Full Report: Family call for life-saving equipment at beaches

The parents of a teenage girl left brain damaged after being swept out to sea at Eyemouth Harbour are calling for better life-saving equipment to be made available at beaches.

Katie-Lou Maclean now needs round the clock care since being rescued from the water at Eyemouth last year.

Her parents have set up a petition to lobby government for beach safety laws to be introduced.

Jenny Longden reports:

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